Leon Haslam admits he was left 'disappointed' to finish fifth during the second World Superbike race at Misano, claiming the red flag stoppage scuppered his progress.
The Briton showed good pace at the start of both races at Misano, briefly leading the first encounter before settling into the battle for third position. Haslam's race, however, would come to a dramatic conclusion on lap ten when he high-sided the BMW, an accident that has left him with a broken toe.
Despite the injury, Haslam returned for race two and was once again circulating in a solid fourth place when the race was red flagged. However, with the shorter distance prompting a switch to softer tyres, Haslam could not sustain the same pace at the restart.
Though he showed dogged determination in his fights with Noriyuki Haga, Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio, Haslam would eventually have to settle for fifth.
“I was quite disappointed that the race was red flagged and ultimately restarted. We went out on the harder tyre so we could go the full distance, it felt stable and I was feeling comfortable. Sadly the race was stopped and the number of laps reduced so we went for the softer tyre to get more grip, and it really affected the characteristics of the bike.
“We couldn't seem to improve despite the increase in grip. I was having a lot of issues with the front tyre and came so close to crashing on a number of occasions. I was happy to see out the race to the end. The crash in race one was my fault, I was pushing too hard and had a huge highsider. I have broken a toe on my right foot and hurt my hand but nothing too serious.”
It is the second time this year that Haslam has broken a bone in his foot, the Briton hurting himself in the race two pile-up at Monza.